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April 19, 2015

Why Such Hate?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by gailc120 @ 8:05 am
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Whenever I see an article about an attack on a mosque it just sort of blows me away.

How do people get filled with that kind of hatred?

In my city, Cedar rapids, Iowa, we have the oldest standing mosque in North America. The Mother Mosque is a historical site more than a functioning place of worship. In our infamous flood of 2008, the mosque was badly damaged. But people from all over the community helped to clean up and restore it. There were volunteers from several Christian churches who got involved in this effort.

As for worshiping, we have the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids for that. This is a very welcoming place, no matter what faith you subscribe to. Again, members from across the community attend special events here. The center also houses a Montessori school for grades K-3 which is open to anyone, regardless of faith. When I was involved with Veterans For Peace, the Islamic Center graciously allowed us to host dinners and speakers there, free of charge.

So it astounds me when I hear of people who hate Muslims so much they would vandalize a mosque. I would feel the same way if it were any place of worship, really. But it seems Muslims are getting the brunt of this sort of crime.

I personally am an agnostic. I am a doubter of God. So, it matters not to me if you worship God or Allah or Vishnu.  I simply  do not care. I think religion is delusional but that is my opinion. I have no inclination to convert anyone to my way of thinking. So, why would I care to vandalize a mosque? Or church or synagogue, for that matter.

People who would do this must be very insecure in their own faith to feel so threatened by another. If your faith in your God is solid, why would the faith of another person bother you so much?

I think some folks are also just plain ignorant. They hate Muslims without even knowing one. To me, that is just twisted. These peopled need professional counseling of some sort, to get over themselves.

Just a few of my thoughts at 3 am.

April 19, 2013

Give Me Something to Believe In

Filed under: Uncategorized — by gailc120 @ 12:08 pm
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Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

Okay. That is the title of a song by the rock band Poison.-Something to Believe In. Aren’t we all looking for that in some way, especially with all the recent news? Shootings, bombings, continuing war and threats of more war.  It is enough to make a person wonder if any good is left in this world.

There is, and it was confirmed yesterday for me by my little boy. He is six and in the first grade. The school he attends does a great job with a whole lot of  students who are low income or from broken homes or single parents-or all of the above!

Yesterday was the kindergarten/first grade music program. My husband made arrangements to go with me, taking time off from work to attend. But as the program began, something disturbing unfolded there before our eyes. A little boy, in jeans and a white(sort of) T-shirt, standing by our son, started to look the crowd over intently. He searched and searched, then began to cry. Obviously, he was looking for a parent or grandparent-anyone, for God’s sake-to be there watching him. My husband and I saw this and we both nearly cried ourselves!

Suddenly though, our little boy put his arm around his friend to comfort him. Throughout the show, he did this several times and spoke in his ear, smiling. Each time his little friend began to cry again, he showed him a bit of kindness.

I was so proud of my son!

After the show, I made it a point to seek out the  disappointed child and tell him what a super job he did. Then, my husband and I made sure to tell our son what a good and caring thing he had done.

It was heartbreaking but encouraging at the same time. There is hope-a better world can be! It will be created by our children, if we teach them well.

All of this gives me something to believe in!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y2ItpKiabc

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